04/23/2018

Protecting your Profit

Guardian for The Farm Market


With the upcoming crop season soon upon us, and the snow quickly disappearing off the fields, harvest isn’t always on the top of your mind. That being said, many farms have spent the winter cleaning out their bins and getting ready for the upcoming crop. With every trip to the elevator, your good grain management practices are paying off in higher grades, and higher prices.

Grain, like any commodity on your farm, represents money in the bank, and its proper care between the day you harvest it, and the day it heads to market, is incredibly important to your farm’s bottom line. With some form of grain bin monitoring, you help ensure that the storage practices and equipment you are using to handle your grain are doing their job. When things do go awry, being able to see inside of your bin is key to dealing with an issue.

You can think of an investment in bin monitoring equipment as insurance for your grain. With any insurance policy, the level of coverage can be different based on the options you choose, but as long as you are covered when something goes wrong, the policy is there to help get you through the best way possible, and limit the impact to your business. Unlike insurance, though, investing in bin monitoring not only protects you when things go wrong, it allows you to actively control the conditions before a problem arises.

To ensure that your conditioning equipment is working properly, a set of temperature cables at the recommended spacing will allow you to track the conditioning of your grain until it is at a safe temperature for long-term storage.

For further peace of mind, a moisture cable will give you an indication of the grain moisture content, and allow you to use the CGC life estimate curves to determine (based on temperature and MC) how long your grain should last in storage.

For those that want to go to the next level of grain management, integrating the measurements coming from their bins with commodity volume and quality data is a growing interest. Knowing, with accuracy, the history of how the grain in the bin has been taken care of, how much is stored there and what protein/oil content it contains allows for more focused, and profitable, marketing. As with any business, the more actionable data that you have at your fingertips, the better the decisions you make.

The Guardian Solution

In anticipation of this year’s harvest, and all that it means for your farm, AGI is proud to announce the launch of the Guardian Bin Monitoring System. This complete grain bin management system incorporates all the monitoring solutions that you have become familiar with, while pushing the boundaries of what is possible with bin monitoring equipment. For the farm that is new to bin monitoring, a handheld reader solution, with tried and true digital temperature monitoring cable technology, is the best option. This subscription-free system provides the peace of mind of knowing what is going on inside of your bin, without the yearly fees. As an upgrade from the basic system, a yearly Handheld Reader PLUS subscription allows you to save every reading and every load of grain in and out of your bin, and see it either on your phone or computer from anywhere in the world. In addition, the Guardian moisture monitoring cable is faster reading, and more accurate, than anything out there today. This option keeps the hardware cost down compared to a Remote Monitoring System, but gives you the convenience and oversight that a Remote Monitoring user enjoys.

For those farms that are looking for an automated system that provides the bin data to them on a regular basis, to anywhere in the world, the Guardian Remote Monitoring solution is the right choice.  With the ability to communicate between yards up to 10 miles away (line of sight), to measure cables in bins up to a 6013, and monitor door switches along with the bin conditions, you can manage your grain, instead of just react to issues.